View from the House: No one should unsafe at home

PUBLISHED: 08:00 04 February 2018


London has been in the news because of rising knife crime, violent crime and robberies, but figures released last week reveal that this is now a nationwide problem.

Locally, residents have been raising their worries about burglary with me and my team – particularly violent burglaries like the one involving five violent thugs who broke into a home in Clayhall and threatened the family. Some of the CCTV footage of burglaries being shared around social networking apps made my blood run cold.

No one should feel unsafe in their own home. I have raised the issue in person with London’s Mayor, Sadiq Khan, the Metropolitan police commissioner Cressida Dick and our local commander Jason Gwillim and I welcome the establishment of a new unit locally to tackle burglary – Operation Mexico. Operation Mexico has already resulted in arrests and charges being brought against suspects during the past fortnight.

But as I told the policing minister in parliament earlier this month, this is a nationwide problem. Tory cuts to police budgets are affecting visible neighbourhood policing, leaving residents feeling vulnerable and criminals feeling emboldened to break into homes, openly deal drugs on our streets and carry knives and other weapons. We can’t stand for this. I certainly won’t.

Through arrests in recent weeks for aggravated burglary, vehicle thefts and possession of cannabis, local police are showing their determination to do a good job for residents. It’s now up to government to give them the funding they need to do the job well.

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